Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 9

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: Principles for Godly Living (c 5-28)
Message: Do Not Forget God's Mercy (v 1-29)

Deuteronomy 9 Commentary

(9:2-3) Facing the Giants - The Anakims were enormous people, some seven to nine feet tall. Goliath, probably a descendant of this race, was over nine feet tall (1 Samuel 17:4). Unfortunately, these imposing figures used their stature as a means of intimidation rather than for noble causes. Their appearance alone had frightened the Israelite spies (Numbers 13:28), and the threat of their presence may have been the deciding factor that kept the Israelites out of the land 40 years earlier (Numbers 13-14). Moses used all his persuasive power to convince the people that God could handle these bullies. He used the illustration of God as a consuming fire, for not even a giant could stand up to that.

(9:3) A Fire of Holiness - God would go before the Israelites as a consuming fire to help them conquer their enemies. Fire was a symbol of holiness and purification, illustrating God's desire to purify the land of its wicked people in order to make Israel a holy nation.

(9:5-6) God's Promises - If the Israelites were so stubborn, why did God continue to make such wonderful promises to them? There are two good reasons: (1) A promise is a promise. God and Israel had made a treaty (Genesis 15, 17; Exodus 19-20). God had promised to be faithful to them, and they had promised to obey him. The agreement was irrevocable and eternal. Even though the Israelites rarely upheld their end of the bargain, God would always be faithful to his. (2) God's love and mercy are unconditional. No matter how many times the people turned from God, he was always there to restore them. It is comforting to know that despite our inconsistencies and sins, God loves us unconditionally. Eternal life is achieved not on the merit system but on the mercy system. God loves us no matter who we are or what we have done.

(9:18) Intercession - From the record of this event in Exodus 32, Moses seems to have acted immediately, grinding the gold calf into powder and forcing the people to drink water mixed with it. But evidently Moses had first spent 40 days and nights interceding for the people. The man who had been too insecure to talk to Pharaoh on behalf of his people (Exodus 3:11; 4:10) had now grown to be bold enough to intercede before almighty God.

(9:23) Unbelief - Moses was reminding the people of the nation's unbelief 40 years earlier, when they had been afraid to enter Canaan. The Israelites had not believed God would be able to help them, despite all he had already done. They refused to enter the land because they looked only to their own limited resources instead of to God. Unbelief is the root of many sins and problems. When you feel lost, it may be because you're looking everywhere but to God for your help and guidance. (See Psalms 81:6-12; 95:8; 106:13-20; and Hebrews 3.)



Dave Burnette's Life Application

God's Mercy

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 9 and we see Moses continues giving Principles to this new generation of Israel. Yesterday we were reminded to not forget the Lord our God as he blesses us. Today we are reminded how we are to not forget the Mercy of the Lord. He will give us victory over our enemies if we choose to obey Him. Moses reminds Israel of the disobedience of their forefathers at the giving of the 10 Commandments and how God extended Mercy to those who repented and judgement to others who chose not to repent. In making application we see the Mercy of the Lord extended to us. As a lost person he gave us Mercy and extended the olive branch giving us the opportunity to be saved in our state of condemnation of the judgement we deserved. This story also reminded me of Mercy the Lord gave me in my early 20's when I had back slidden on the Lord and engaged in sinful activities that I am ashamed of to this day. Not just my sin but I enticed others to sin also and deserved the judgement of the Lord. God showed me Mercy and convicted me of my sin giving me a chance of repentance. I am so thankful of that Mercy and it reminds me to stay away from sin and to extend Mercy to others to this day. How about you? Do you see the Mercy of the Lord at work in your life? Let us learn from today's text and remember the Mercy of the Lord.    


Deuteronomy 9

Deuteronomy 9

 1Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,

 2A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!

 3Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.

 4Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.

 5Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

 6Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

 7Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

 8Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.

 9When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

 10And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

 11And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

 12And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.

 13Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

 14Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

 15So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.

 16And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.

 17And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

 18And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

 19For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.

 20And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

 21And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.

 22And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked the LORD to wrath.

 23Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

 24Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.

 25Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

 26I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

 27Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:

 28Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.

 29Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.